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1956 School Ratings

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National Champion: Oklahoma (AP, FWAA, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Paul Hornung (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Oklahoma

The SRS columns are SRS broken up into offensive and defensive components.
The Scoring columns are points per game adjusted for strength of opposition.
The Passing, Rushing, and Total columns are yards per attempt adjusted for strength of opposition.

111 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Georgia Tech SEC 8.94 14.87 23.80 29.75 -0.23
2 Tennessee SEC 13.87 9.39 23.26 31.26 4.48
3 Michigan Big Ten 15.62 7.10 22.71 34.43 6.91
4 Oklahoma Big 7 10.29 10.79 21.08 46.07 3.80
5 Texas A&M SWC 9.51 10.68 20.18 27.06 3.93
6 Iowa Big Ten 8.03 11.47 19.50 26.55 2.89
7 Minnesota Big Ten 6.51 12.56 19.07 23.11 1.09
8 Michigan State Big Ten 8.68 10.29 18.97 30.06 3.48
9 Baylor SWC 5.51 12.40 17.91 23.23 1.72
10 Miami (FL) Ind 5.68 11.04 16.72 22.96 3.75
11 Ohio State Big Ten 5.91 10.73 16.64 23.49 2.72
12 Texas Christian SWC 5.98 9.44 15.42 25.88 4.87
13 Southern California PCC 7.95 6.72 14.67 25.50 7.45
14 Mississippi SEC 5.27 9.34 14.62 25.12 5.81
15 Florida SEC 5.40 9.17 14.57 23.18 5.83
16 Pittsburgh Ind 5.75 8.79 14.55 22.64 4.30
17 Syracuse Ind 9.60 3.11 12.71 28.88 10.65
18 Duke ACC 4.85 7.62 12.47 25.24 6.93
19 Oregon State PCC 7.31 5.06 12.37 23.96 8.23
20 Penn State Ind 2.57 9.63 12.20 22.10 5.11
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Auburn SEC 4.92 6.72 11.65 23.78 8.40
22 UCLA PCC 1.38 9.61 10.99 18.85 4.83
23 Washington PCC 10.43 -0.33 10.10 29.24 14.82
24 Houston MVC 3.75 6.34 10.09 21.37 8.37
25 Kentucky SEC 1.09 8.86 9.95 17.92 5.92
26 Oregon PCC -1.28 11.06 9.78 17.68 2.89
27 Arkansas SWC 4.21 5.35 9.56 21.27 10.57
28 Purdue Big Ten 4.41 5.11 9.52 21.60 7.64
29 Colorado Big 7 5.71 3.72 9.43 27.11 10.49
30 Arizona State BIAA 3.34 5.63 8.97 25.73 9.60
31 Texas-El Paso BIAA 2.52 6.44 8.96 24.64 8.38
32 Northwestern Big Ten 2.20 6.38 8.57 18.19 7.68
33 Illinois Big Ten 4.75 3.68 8.43 22.90 9.05
34 Clemson ACC 2.34 5.68 8.01 18.49 8.57
35 Navy Ind 2.28 5.66 7.94 20.64 10.03
36 Virginia Tech Southern 4.93 2.91 7.84 25.81 12.18
37 Tulane SEC 0.76 6.55 7.31 17.78 7.86
38 Army Ind 5.15 1.85 7.00 24.90 13.98
39 Stanford PCC 9.71 -3.08 6.63 27.43 15.56
40 Rice SWC 3.96 2.58 6.54 21.43 12.11
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 South Carolina ACC -1.04 7.18 6.14 15.28 7.64
42 Yale Ivy 5.00 0.64 5.64 17.96 17.91
43 West Texas A&M BIAA 3.10 2.40 5.50 22.43 12.25
44 Wisconsin Big Ten -1.34 6.63 5.30 17.88 8.58
45 Vanderbilt SEC 0.49 4.57 5.06 17.91 9.95
46 California PCC 3.21 1.78 4.99 20.91 11.31
47 Southern Methodist SWC 3.88 0.40 4.28 19.41 13.01
48 Missouri Big 7 2.36 1.52 3.88 21.53 13.91
49 West Virginia Southern -0.97 4.48 3.51 14.75 9.80
50 Florida State Ind 1.21 1.88 3.09 18.82 12.17
51 Louisiana State SEC 2.31 0.72 3.03 18.71 14.43
52 George Washington Southern -1.17 3.93 2.77 13.21 11.27
53 Mississippi State SEC 1.48 0.63 2.11 17.47 13.62
54 Wyoming Skyline 1.31 0.36 1.67 16.33 15.60
55 Georgia SEC -2.72 3.58 0.87 13.91 12.30
56 Tulsa MVC -5.40 5.50 0.10 12.06 9.79
57 Villanova Ind -1.69 1.75 0.07 16.35 13.32
58 Pacific Ind 2.22 -2.43 -0.22 17.65 16.70
59 Maryland ACC -2.58 2.22 -0.36 14.84 13.06
60 Oklahoma State MVC -2.64 2.27 -0.37 14.33 14.12
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Princeton Ivy 2.72 -3.85 -1.13 17.41 23.01
62 Kansas Big 7 3.45 -4.61 -1.16 19.79 16.76
63 Notre Dame Ind 2.54 -3.78 -1.25 20.22 20.48
64 Utah Skyline 1.40 -3.08 -1.68 18.32 18.53
65 Texas SWC 1.92 -3.67 -1.76 18.85 19.22
66 Nebraska Big 7 -1.23 -0.57 -1.79 14.25 15.40
67 Wake Forest ACC -6.27 4.38 -1.89 12.20 9.56
68 North Carolina ACC -2.07 -0.12 -2.19 15.19 13.96
69 North Carolina State ACC -2.73 0.52 -2.21 14.58 15.96
70 North Texas Ind -4.19 1.97 -2.23 12.82 14.82
71 Texas Tech Ind 0.75 -3.04 -2.29 17.82 17.34
72 Idaho PCC 2.81 -5.26 -2.45 20.98 22.12
73 Washington State PCC 2.09 -4.58 -2.48 19.07 19.62
74 Alabama SEC -1.53 -1.56 -3.10 14.59 16.15
75 Hardin-Simmons BIAA 1.56 -4.83 -3.27 17.87 20.66
76 Indiana Big Ten 2.75 -6.51 -3.76 19.08 23.76
77 Virginia ACC -3.62 -0.36 -3.98 12.35 15.45
78 Holy Cross Ind -4.48 0.43 -4.05 11.78 16.86
79 Colgate Ind 1.56 -6.13 -4.57 18.15 26.54
80 Dartmouth Ivy -7.00 2.20 -4.81 5.08 16.30
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Kansas State Big 7 -0.85 -4.06 -4.91 15.37 21.65
82 Brown Ivy -7.53 2.37 -5.16 4.20 16.05
83 Arizona BIAA -3.51 -2.92 -6.42 16.30 17.33
84 Boston College Ind -7.15 0.57 -6.58 10.30 15.50
85 Davidson Southern -4.33 -3.60 -7.93 12.09 19.95
86 Cincinnati Ind -2.64 -5.30 -7.94 11.51 21.16
87 Denver Skyline 0.89 -9.99 -9.10 15.79 26.10
88 Virginia Military Institute Southern -2.81 -6.43 -9.24 14.36 23.93
89 Boston University Ind -3.48 -5.85 -9.32 12.41 21.89
90 Richmond Southern -5.78 -4.20 -9.98 11.91 20.95
91 Citadel Southern -6.24 -3.89 -10.13 9.24 21.61
92 Furman Southern -8.47 -1.71 -10.19 7.34 20.20
93 Utah State Skyline -3.35 -7.47 -10.82 13.25 23.56
94 Pennsylvania Ivy -6.56 -4.43 -10.99 6.86 28.28
95 Iowa State Big 7 -7.50 -3.57 -11.07 8.98 21.94
96 Harvard Ivy -0.28 -13.28 -13.56 11.67 32.35
97 Wichita State MVC -7.19 -6.77 -13.96 8.65 23.29
98 New Mexico Skyline -5.97 -8.41 -14.39 9.00 24.12
99 Dayton Ind -8.98 -5.45 -14.42 4.03 21.56
100 Cornell Ivy -7.35 -9.12 -16.47 4.86 27.71
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Columbia Ivy -8.73 -7.85 -16.58 3.92 32.10
102 William & Mary Southern -7.70 -9.02 -16.71 8.35 25.69
103 Detroit Mercy MVC -8.85 -8.40 -17.25 6.24 24.25
104 San Jose State Ind -3.72 -13.97 -17.68 11.18 30.92
105 New Mexico State BIAA -6.93 -11.17 -18.10 9.53 28.69
106 Brigham Young Skyline -9.00 -10.75 -19.75 5.79 27.85
107 Colorado State Skyline -5.47 -14.54 -20.01 9.74 33.83
108 Rutgers Ind -10.27 -10.47 -20.74 1.49 29.46
109 Marquette Ind -9.23 -13.47 -22.70 6.67 36.38
110 Drake Ind -5.05 -17.69 -22.74 8.77 35.68
111 Montana Skyline -10.27 -13.02 -23.29 5.02 29.91